Many people welcome new or different aphorisms in their lives, especially pithy statements which correspond to their world views and personal or past experiences. Aphorisms, then, have subjective appeal and mean or don’t mean much to a given listener or reader. But if there is truth within the concisely stated nugget of language and thought, then it has relevance, currency, and likely, lasting value.
Below some unexpected aphorisms from my reading of late–ones that gave me unexpected new insights into that which I already knew, but had never heard before encountered put quite so nicely, concisely.
Art serves to rinse out our eyes.
I shop, therefore I am.
Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
For myself, I am an optimist–it does not seem to be much use being anything else.
Violence is suicide.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
History, like beauty, depends largely on the beholder.
Too much of a good thing can be simply wonderful.
It is better to live rich than to die rich.
The freer you feel yourself in the presence of another, the more free is he: who is free makes free.
My business, my art is to live my life.
To be everywhere is to be nowhere.
Boredom–the desire for desires.
Better be alone than in bad company.
The eyes. Where the body ends and the spirit begins.
–Antoine de Rivarol
Distrust of authority should be the first civic duty.
Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.
Only entropy comes easy.
The wrong way is endless.
A thought is an idea in transit.
Beware the barrenness of a busy life.
Exuberance is beauty.
Wherever they burn books they will also, in the end, burn human beings.
The genius creates harmony between the world in which he lives and the world that lives in him.
Few people die of love. But many of lovelessness.
The ruts are deepest in the middle of the road.
A politically correct culture is an imitation fur coat–inhabited by real fleas.
Man would devour the stars if only he could.
There is nothing in life except what one thinks of it.
He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.
A friend is your needs answered.
No pressure, no diamonds.
When you have to make a choice and don’t make it, that is in itself a choice.
Living is a constant process of deciding what we are going to do.
–Ortega Y Gasset
To fall into a habit is to begin to cease to be.
–Miguel de Unamuno
To live poetically is to densify life.
A book is a mirror: if an ape looks into it an apostle is unlikely to look out.
–Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.
Consciousness abhors a vacuum.